Law, Language, and the Latin American Constitutions

Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 2011

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 16/2013

21 Pages Posted: 10 May 2011 Last revised: 6 Apr 2015

See all articles by Joel I. Colón-Ríos

Joel I. Colón-Ríos

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 10, 2011

Abstract

Latin America has many languages and many constitutions. This article provides a general overview of the ways in which some constitutions of states of Latin America relate to the multi-lingual context in which they operate. After providing a brief account of Latin American constitutional history in Part I, the essay will thus consider the relationship between language and constitutions in three different contexts: the creation of new constitutions, constitutional protection of language rights, and the process of making a constitution accessible to speakers of a language different from the one in which it was originally written.

Keywords: law and language, language rights, constitution-making, Latin American constitutionalism, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela

Suggested Citation

Colón-Ríos, Joel I., Law, Language, and the Latin American Constitutions (May 10, 2011). Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 2011; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 16/2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1837063

Joel I. Colón-Ríos (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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